Syracuse University Magazine


Cyclists (from left) Craig Weinstein ’80, Tim Ford, Michael Roy, Alex James, and Adam Stone ’99 get cheered on by Otto as they prepare to leave for New York City. 

Oranges to Apples Bike Ride

Remembering a Friend and Colleague

When SU staff member Cindy Reynolds tragically passed away following a car accident last February, her friends and colleagues honored her memory by establishing the Cynthia Reynolds Memorial Fund for Veterans through the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at the University. Reynolds, a U.S. Army veteran, worked in the University’s Division of Advancement and External Affairs (AEA) for 13 years as an information technology specialist. 

On August 30, a few of her colleagues from AEA’s technical systems and services department climbed aboard their bicycles on campus and headed for Lubin House in New York City to raise money for the memorial fund. Staff members Adam Stone ’99, Alex James, Michael Roy, and Kartik Krishnakumar G’11 (who drove the support car) were joined on the trip—dubbed the “Oranges to Apples Bike Ride”—by cycling enthusiasts Craig Weinstein ’80 and Tim Ford of Fort Lee, New Jersey. “A lot of people in our department like to ride, and we thought it would be an appropriate thing to do in memory of Cindy,” says Stone, who organized the trip. “We wanted to raise awareness about the fund and giving to it in support of IVMF. For me, personally, it was about remembering Cindy in a way she’d feel honored.”

The cyclists arrived to a celebratory welcome at Lubin House two days later, after logging a grueling 292 miles that took them from Syracuse to Sidney to Port Jervis before reaching the Big Apple. Most important, they raised $7,500 for the fund—an amount that Stone believes demonstrated AEA staffers’ commitment to the fund-raiser in honor of their friend and a reflection of their spirit of giving. “We appreciate how everybody supported us,” Stone says. “It really shows what being in the SU family is all about.”  —Jay Cox


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Photo courtesy of Adam Stone